Thank you Professor Rosa Andújar for your visit and kind donation


Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Professor Rosa Andújar, Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Department of Liberal Arts at King's College London, for donating her article "The Caribbean Socrates: Pedro Henríquez Ureña and the Mexican Ateneo de la Juventud." We are also grateful for her visit to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library. This article is part of the book Classics in Extremis: The Edges of Classical Reception (Bloomsbury, 2017) that will be released in early 2018.

William Parra

Research Assistant

El historiador y ensayista José C. Novas dona su publicación


La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al historiador José C. Novas por donar su reciente publicación Trujillo, la emboscada final. Muerte y funeral del generalísimo (Editorial Argos, 2014) a nuestra biblioteca. Actualmente, el Prof. Novas es uno de los ganadores de la beca de investigación CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library Research Award. Su trabajo de investigación es sobre los Judíos de Sosua.

Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente bibliotecario


Visita del Dr. Carlos Báez Evertsz

La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al Dr. Carlos Báez Evertsz por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca y por su grata visita. La donación consiste de dos de su obras: La modernización fallida: República Dominicana (1996-2012) (editorial Betania, 2012) y Desigualdad y clases sociales (editorial Betania, 2016).


Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente bibliotecario

Visita del Dr. Manuel Rodríguez Bonilla


La Profesora Sarah Aponte agradece al Dr. Manuel Rodríguez Bonilla por donar varios de sus libros a nuestra biblioteca y por su grata visita. La donación constituye de tres obras: La Batalla de La Barranquita (Comisión Permanente de Efemérides Patrias, 2016), Juan de Jesús Reyes El cantor de la Barranquita (Soto Castillo, 2016), y La Barranquita hablan los patriotas y la traición (Archivo General de la Nación, 2016).

Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente Bibliotecario

Dominican Musician Ricardo Gautreau and his brother Jorge Gautreau Ibarra, NYPD retired sergeant donates family documents, photographs, and music albums to our library.


We would like to thank Ricardo and Jorge for donating their family musical history to our library. They are the first of many musical families we hope to reach out to for the Dominican music in the U.S. website project funded by the NEH. Ricardo Gautreau and his brother Jorge attended the First Blacks in the Americas launching on December 2, 2016 and stayed afterwards to discuss the site with our Chief Librarian Sarah Aponte. Luckily, for me, Prof. Aponte connected me with Ricardo after hearing about the Gautreau musical family history and I followed up to meet with them again the following year. We met on March 6, 2017 and they came with many photographs, news clippings, vinyl records, and other documents pertaining to not just their musical family history, but their ancestral family lineage that goes back centuries in the Dominican Republic. We are grateful to Ricardo and Jorge for entrusting us to preserve their family history and allowing us to share it with the public, scholars, and readers.

A brief biography:

Ricardo Gautreau was born in the Dominican Republic to a musical family. He holds a music degree and a Masters in Bilingual Education from The City College of New York, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. At City College, he studied with noted composer/pianist John Lewis, founder of the immortal Modern Jazz Quartet. He has also studied with master composer/pianist/educator, Ran Blake, and Jazz guitar legend, Sal Salvador. His father Francisco Gautreau arrived with his family in 1963 and integrated himself into the Latin music scene playing with numerous Latin/Latin Jazz bands in New York, including the legendary “Machito and his Afro-Cubans.” His brother, Pablo Canti, was a lead singer and principal songwriter for the popular Salsa band, Conjunto Melao; later he led his bands and wrote hits for stars like Willie Colón and Adalberto Santiago (, 2017). 

Ricardo’s son, Remy, is a talented singer-songwriter of captivating Pop songs that are headed for the top of the charts. He skillfully blends the influence of old-school artists like Sam Cooke with modern day acts like John Mayer and Bruno Mars to create music that is very original, yet very accessible. His music is available on Itunes, Spotify and more (, 2017).

His brother Jorge who accompanied him on his visit served in the New York City Police Department for twenty-five years. His years of public service included founding in 1993 the New York Dominican Officers Organization (NYDO), with the intention of orienting its members about recruiting to the various law enforcement agencies, creating youth athletic programs, and assisting the community via workshops and the dissemination of vital information.
Furthermore, their visit gave us a glimpse of their family’s history and their connection to The City College of New York since their brother Emmanuel Gautreau was a City College valedictorian in 1991.
In addition, they shared information about other family members Manuel Ambrosi Malagón-Fajar who was nominated in 1994 to be commander of a nuclear submarine USS Olympia stationed in Pearl Harbor. 

Among the materials donated, there are three albums from the Gautreau family that are a mixture of different music genres and contain influences from Rock and Roll, Latin music, Pop, and Jazz. The albums are available for listening at the library. Once again, we would like to thank Ricardo and Jorge for sharing their music and history with us for the world to hear, read and enjoy.

Remy Gautreau143

Remy Gautreau144  Remy Gautreau145












If you would like to know more information about Ricardo Gautreau’s music or family history please visit

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian

Playwright Carmen Rivera donates to the DSI Library

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank Carmen Rivera for donating two of her plays “To Catch the Lightning” and “the Downfall of Rafael Trujillo” to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.


Carmen Rivera play To Catch the Lightning won a 1997 Nomination ACE Award – Best Production and . Rivera’s work on “La caída de Rafael Trujillo/ Downfall of Rafael Trujillo” spans over 5 committed years of reading scholarship, research, first-person interviews, as well as source material from our Library.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian

Después de Trujillo/After Trujillo



On February 16th, I attended the screening of Después de Trujillo at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Claudia Calirman, Associate Professor of Art History, invited co-directors Lisa Blackmore and Jorge Domínguez Dubuc to screen and discuss the new documentary on dictatorship, space, and memory with her students. The documentary opened a space to discuss the legacy of the Trujillo dictatorship through the monuments, memory gardens, and contemporary ruins. A range of Dominican voices from historians and architects to activists and torture victim’s talk about the rise of Trujillo in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane San Zenón in 1930 as Trujillo came to power and consolidated his power through the modern architecture and the testimonies of resistance leading up to his demise in 1961.

The students engaged with the filmmakers by asking questions concerning represented voices in the film, national identity, and the role of Dominican and foreign artists or architects in shaping the vision of modernity. Also, they discussed the remnants of the dictatorship both physical and emotional for the many families still coping with their traumatic experience lived during the regime. The many institutions and public memorials like the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana, Casa Museo Hermanas Mirabal, Monumento Héroes del 30 de Mayo, and Monumento a Los Héroes de Constanza, Maimón y Estero Hondo still exercise this past and challenge the politics of memory after Trujillo.

Furthermore, the impact from rescuing memory and development of Truth Commissions in Latin America the last few years situates the film in an unusual context of confronting historical impunity. The voicing of modernity enforced during the Trujillo dictatorship and the ghosts, which live on through monuments, gardens, and contemporary ruins are defining the complex issues with memory within Dominican society today.

We currently do not own a copy of the film, but we highly recommend this documentary to the public, students, and scholars with interest in the Trujillo era (1930-1961), Historical/Cultural Memory, Modernism, and the history of urban development in the Dominican Republic. Also, check out the co-director’s blog to learn more about the film where they share the process of making the film from beginning to end.

Jhensen Ortiz

Assistant Librarian

INICIA dona Glorias en busca del oro/ Glories: going for the gold y Los juegos de la inclusión/ The inclusion games a nuestra biblioteca CUNY DSI

La profesora Sarah Aponte desea agradecer a INICIA por haber donado esta magnífica publicación.

Glorias en busca del oro

Glorias en busca del oro / Glories: going for the gold. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: INICIA, 2017.

Los Juegos de la Inclusion 001

Los juegos de la inclusión/ The inclusion games. Santo Domingo, República Dominicana: INICIA, 2017. 

Estos dos hermosos libros de colección llenan un gran vacío en la bibliografía histórica del deporte dominicano. Presentan por primera vez algunos de los mejores atletas que la República Dominicana ofrece al mundo. Al ser una publicación bilingüe, nos ayuda a compartir su contenido con un público diverso.

Glorias en busca del oro es un homenaje a todos los hombres y mujeres que han trabajado desde 1945 para organizar el deporte dominicano. Se narra con especial interés la historia del Comité Olímpico Dominicano y todos los atletas que ha triunfado a nivel panamericano y olímpico, desde el bronce de Pedro Julio Nolasco en Los Angeles 1984, pasando por el doble oro de Félix Sanchez en Atenas 2004 y Londres 2012, hasta cerrar con el bronce de Luisito Pie en Rio 2016.
Por otro lado, el libro Los juegos de la inclusión narran historias de atletas dentro del Comité Paralímpico Dominicano mostrando una faceta significativa de la cultura dominicana en la que la capacidad de ilusión y de dedicación esforzada del talento en búsqueda de una meta queda plasmada en el libro.

Recomendamos estos libros a investigadores y público en general interesados en atletas dominicanos y su participación en los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos Dominicanos. Además pueden ver en Youtube la serie documental Glorias: en busca del oro | Glories: going for the gold que contiene entrevistas con algunos de los atletas dominicanos del pasado y presente con archivo de vídeo de las competencias.


Jhensen Ortiz

Asistente Bibliotecario

Prof. Anne Eller donates her first book to the Library

Prof. Sarah Aponte would like to thank Anne Eller, Assistant Professor of History at Yale University for donating her recent publication to the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.


Eller, Anne.We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2016.

This book breaches the prevailing falsehoods surrounding the conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti by analyzing the complicated history of Dominican emancipation and independence between 1822 and 1865. Prof. Eller brings forth in her research the inclusiveness lacking in the small body of writing by Dominican elites. At the heart of the anti-colonial struggle is a story not often told of cooperation and collaboration between both countries in popular histories of identity, community, and deep archival research. More importantly, the book rewrites the nineteenth-century narrative in a broader context that helps readers understand beyond the fatal conflict narrative between the two nations.

We Dream Together is an essential resource for researchers, students and readers who are interested, Dominican and Haitian 19th Century History, Dominican-Haitian identities, and Dominican-Haitian relations. 

Assistant Librarian 

Jhensen Ortiz

Prof. Sophie Maríñez shares her work with us

Professor Sarah Aponte would like to thank BMCC Professor Sophie Maríñez for taking the time to share her academic work with us at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library.


Prof. Sophie Maríñez has made available via her profile on the academic social networking site her poems "Carnival Day in Santo Domingo," "Sentencia del Infierno," and a French translation of one of Frank Baez's poems "La Marilyn Monroe de Santo Domingo." She has also translated into French "Comrade, Bliss ain't playing" written by Josefina Báez in 2012. We encourage students, researchers, and the general public to check out her profile and tell her we sent you!

Assistant Librarian

Jhensen Ortiz